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Functional Capacity Evaluation

A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) evaluates an individual's capacity to perform work activities related to his or her participation in employment (Soer et al., 2008). The FCE process compares the individual's health status, and body functions and structures to the demands of the job and the work environment. In essence, an FCE's primary purpose is to evaluate a person's ability to participate in work, although other instrumental activities of daily living that support work performance may also be evaluated.

Similar types of testing may also be called a functional capacity assessment (FCA), physical capacity assessment or evaluation (PCA or PCE), or work capacity assessment or evaluation (WCA or WCE). Who Can Benefit From an FCE? What Are the Components of the FCE? FCEs are done on a one-on-one basis and may range in length from 4 to 6 hours. Rates can and do change based on geography and overall evaluation time. U.S. Ergonomics and Occupational Therapy: Improving Workplace Productivity. By Ashley Opp Savvy business owners and employers are becoming increasingly proactive in preventing work-related injuries, retaining employees, and increasing workers' comfort and productivity.

Ergonomics and Occupational Therapy: Improving Workplace Productivity

To compete in the marketplace and protect their most valuable resource—employees—they consult occupational therapy practitioners who specialize in workplace ergonomics. These practitioners evaluate the work environment and make practical recommendations. "Ergonomics is the science of matching work environments to fit the physiological, psychological, and cognitive capabilities of the worker," says occupational therapist Jill J.

Page, an industrial rehabilitation consultant with ErgoScience, Inc., in Birmingham, Alabama. Practitioners provide a wide range of workplace consultative services, such as helping employers to comply with the requirements of the American with Disabilities Act, evaluating and modifying tool and equipment design, and determining and reducing injury risk factors. Occupational Therapy Practitioners & Ergonomics. Download a printable copy of this fact sheet here.

Occupational Therapy Practitioners & Ergonomics

The word ergonomics can be found in a variety of literature—everything from marketing campaigns for the latest gadget to the vast information provided in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s program guidelines for specific industries. According to the International Ergonomics Association (n.d.), “ergonomics promotes a holistic approach in which considerations of physical, cognitive, social, organizational, environmental, and other relevant factors are taken into account.” To practitioners, these words resonate with many basic tenets of the occupational therapy profession. Return to Work Programs. Download a printable copy of this fact sheet here.

Return to Work Programs

Occupational Therapy Services at the Workplace: Transitional Return-to-Work Programs Occupational therapy practitioners help individuals with illness and/or injury resume work duties on a gradual basis through transitional work. Transitional work uses the actual work tasks and environments as a form of rehabilitation. After becoming familiar with the individual’s job requirements and measuring his or her functional abilities, the occupational therapist determines tasks that the individual can safely and dependably perform at work. The occupational therapist works with the employer to identify environmental and task modifications that will support work performance. The occupational therapist makes detailed recommendations to the treating physician, who releases the individual to modified work within the parameters outlined by the occupational therapist.

Where Are Transitional Work Programs Provided? What Does the Future Hold? Work Rehabilitation. Download a printable copy of this fact sheet here.

Work Rehabilitation

Work rehabilitation is a broad term that encompasses many aspects of intervention, all geared toward facilitating independence at work as well as satisfactory fulfillment of the worker role. Assistive Technology Devices. Download a printable copy.

Assistive Technology Devices

Assistive Technology Defined Technology is a common element in our everyday lives. The goal of occupational therapy is to enhance or enable meaningful participation in the occupations (activities) important to the clients served. Therefore, technology is a component of providing occupational therapy services across practice arenas. However, just because an item is technological does not mean that it is assistive technology. An assistive technology device is any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Technology, Assistive Technology, and the Occupational Therapy Process. Home Modifications and Occupational Therapy. Download a printable copy here.

Home Modifications and Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy provides clients with the tools to optimize their home environments relative to individual abilities and promote full participation in daily life activities. As the population of older adults continues to grow, home modifications are a key factor in enabling individuals to “age in place,” or live in the place or home of choice. An AARP (2010) study found that more than 80% of people older than age 50 want to age in their own homes for as long as possible. Home modifications also can benefit clients of all ages with health conditions, sensory or movement impairments, or cognitive disorders by supporting the performance of necessary and desired daily activities (occupations), safety, and well-being.

Home modifications are changes made to adapt living spaces to increase usage, safety, security, and independence. References AARP. (2010). NIH Senior Health. WISHA Checklist 20 2010 new. Workplace Ergonomics CAP Ergo Guide. Computer Ergo for children. Computer Ergo for children. HSSAT v.4.